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Comparing forever vs. pm2

How are they different?

Here we compare between forever and pm2. In this comparison we will focus on the latest versions of both packages. The current versions are forever 0.15.3 and pm2 2.10.4.

forever, A simple CLI tool for ensuring that a given node script runs continuously (i.e. forever). It was authored by Charlie Robbins on Dec, 2010.
pm2, Production process manager for Node.JS applications with a built-in load balancer. It was authored by Strzelewicz Alexandre on Jun, 2013.

When comparing both packages you notice that pm2 is the more popular package today (24,760 Stars on Github).
forever has been out there for longer (since 7 years ago), it also has a bigger community of maintainers, fewer dependencies, more daily downloads, more weekly downloads, more monthly downloads and fewer open issues.
On the other hand, pm2 has more versions, more frequent updates, fewer open pull requests, more stars on Github, more followers on Github and more forks.

In our review forever got 693,347 points and pm2 got 522,346 points. The points are a summary of how big the community is and how well the package is maintained.

Lets dive deeper and have a look at some more details on both packages.

Going into more detail

 

forever
0.15.3
NPM

pm2
2.10.4
NPM

description A simple CLI tool for ensuring that a given node script runs continuously (i.e. forever) Production process manager for Node.JS applications with a built-in load balancer.
keywords cli, fault tolerant, sysadmin, tools cli, fault tolerant, sysadmin, tools, pm2, logs, log, json, express, hapi, kraken, reload, load balancer, lb, load-balancer, kubernetes, k8s, pm2-docker, runtime, source maps, graceful, microservice, programmatic, harmony, node-pm2, production, keymetrics, node.js monitoring, strong-pm, deploy, deployment, daemon, supervisor, supervisord, nodemon, pm2.io, ghost, ghost production, monitoring, keymetrics, process manager, forever, profiling, probes, apm, container, forever-monitor, keep process alive, process configuration, clustering, cluster cli, cluster, docker, cron, devops, dev ops
author Charlie Robbins Strzelewicz Alexandre
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Comparison
licenses MIT AGPL-3.0
created 7 years ago (Dec, 2010) 5 years ago (Jun, 2013)
modified 2 months ago 4 days ago
total versions 43 215
version average every 2 months every 8 days
maintainers 5 1
dependencies 15 29
Daily Downloads 24,349 10,274
Weekly Downloads 292,761 203,538
Monthly Downloads 1,041,598 774,198
open issues 276 482
open pull requests 21 20
stargazers 11,133 24,760
subscribers 306 658
forks 839 1,748
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Overall points

693,347

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522,346

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CLI Shortcuts
install npm i -S forever npm i -S pm2
remove npm r -S forever npm r -S pm2

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